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The U.S. since July 1st has killed more Iraqi civilians than the insurgents have, according to the Iraqi government: BBC. This is a very important story because it shows empirically that the situation in Iraq is very different than what we are being told, daily.

Brave Face for Media as “election” begins

So far it’s all “what a wonderful historic day” stuff, but then you read the actual facts within the story.

Heavy explosions and a series of mortar attacks broke out across Baghdad, and in several other cities, including Baquoba, Basra and Mosul, less than two hours after voting began.

Iraqi Gov: US Forces Kill More Civilians than Insurgents

BBC gets the casualty figures before they were released. Every supporter of the US war should see this.

Gonzales Tells Senate “Cruel, Inhuman” Tactics not Barred

More creative legalese emerges in his new responses to written questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

U.S. Interrogator Confesses Sexual Tactics to AP


Female interrogators tried to break Muslim detainees at the U.S. prison camp in Guantanamo Bay by sexual touching, wearing a miniskirt and thong underwear and in one case smearing a Saudi man’s face with fake menstrual blood, according to an insider’s written account.

Defeat for Big Media

And Bush, who pushed hard for this: Washington Post

Kennedy Calls for Withdrawal from Iraq to Begin

In a speech and CNN interview.

UPDATE: Guardian says Rumsfeld and Hoon agree on secret exit strategy.

60 Years Ago

This is the sound of Edward R. Murrow, reporting to the world for the first time what he saw with his own eyes, at the liberation of Buchenwald, April 15, 1945.

Insurgents Destroy Entire School/Polling Place

DC Fires Were Racially Motivated

So now we finally see a plausible reason for the arson attacks, even as some continue push the “eco-terrorist” speculation angle, which never had a shred of evidence to back it up.